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Behind the Scenes at the Bath Distillery

Behind the Scenes at the Bath Distillery

22 February 2019

Born at the Canary Gin Bar, the Bath Distillery opened in 2013 - the city's first in 250 years. Check out their video and go behind-the-scenes below! Don't forget you can view the range of Bath Distillery's gins here!

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Providing the Perfect Fusion of Old and New

Providing the Perfect Fusion of Old and New

20 February 2019

At the heart of the Langham Estate sits the magnificient Bingham's Melcombe Manor house, Grade I listed and little changed since the reign of Edward VI. Acquired by John Langham in 1980, Bingham's Melcombe became the centre point for the Langham Agricultural Enterprise, today comprising over 1,000 hectares. The Langham vineyard was originally established by John Langham on a very...

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Designed to Complement and Enhance

Designed to Complement and Enhance

18 February 2019

The Sekforde story started one lazy summer afternoon in the heart of old London, just down the road from Charles Dickens' bank at No. 18 1/2 Sekforde St. which is where the mixers take their name from. Frustrated by the lack of ways to enjoy her favourite spirits, founder Talula set out to create a better way to enjoy them. The result was Sekforde,...

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Unconstrained and Led by Flavour

Unconstrained and Led by Flavour

15 February 2019

Set against the backdrop of the Somerset countryside, and unconstrained by stylistic guidelines and led by flavour, Wild Beer celebrate traditional techniques whilst embracing a sense of modernity in their brewing. They want to give your customers a truly memorable drinking experience, altering their perceptions of beer and thrilling their tastebuds. The wild nature of their beers is seen in...

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What's new in our #MDWB's World of Wine?

What's new in our #MDWB's World of Wine?

14 February 2019

Here at Nectar we never stop looking for new and exciting products to keep your bars refreshed, and it's no different when it comes to wine! Our range continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our customers and ensure we've got right wines for you. For me one of most exciting new additions has to be the 2014 Classic Cuvee...

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New this Month...Rockstar Spirits

New this Month...Rockstar Spirits

14 February 2019

Carlyn, our Spirits buyer's pick of the month is a spiced rum from Rockstar Spirits. For the past decade, founder Thomas G Hurst had a dream to quit his day job and create the perfect spiced rum. After two years, Pineapple Grenade Overproof Rum was created. The spirit is imported from Guyana and distilled at a strength of 65% ABV. When...

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New this Month...Hullabaloos

New this Month...Hullabaloos

12 February 2019

Kate, our Soft Drinks Buyer's pick of the month is a range of delicious lemonades from Hullabaloos. Hullabaloos' lemonades were created to make your customers smile. They keep things simple with their traditional methods and natural recipes, with each bottle being made by hand in the Somerset countryside using real ingredients. Their efforts haven't gone unnoticed - 2017 saw them receive...

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Experience the Magic

Experience the Magic

11 February 2019

In 2012, co-founder Hamish Martin and his wife Liberty bought a derelict plot of land on the outskirts of Edinburgh, it was there they laid the roots of the Secret Herb Garden. The Secret Herb Garden has over 600 naturally grown and tendered varieties of herbs that have been used in the production of many wonderful natural products: candles, beer, wine, and herbal salts...

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New this Month...Five Points Brewing

New this Month...Five Points Brewing

07 February 2019

Michael, our Beer and Ciders buyer's pick of the month is a fruity, tropical beer from The Five Points Brewing Company. The Five Points Brewing Company is an independent company based in Hackney, London, brewing with a commitment to quality and the community since 2013. Their brewery and barrel ageing room is located in the Victorian railway arches beneath Hackney...

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The Perfect Pairing for Spiced Foods

The Perfect Pairing for Spiced Foods

07 February 2019

With a passion for craft beers and ales, founder Surj Virk wanted to provide an alternative choice to the culinary habit of lager with spiced foods and was inspired to create a refreshing, easy drinking ale that truly complemented his favourite dishes. Proud to be a premium ale brewed here in the UK, Empress Ale has taken its inspiration from both Indian and British Heritage....

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With All the Fragrant Magic of Gin

With All the Fragrant Magic of Gin

06 February 2019

Founders Ed & Robyn began Square Root Soda from their kitchen in 2012, selling ginger beer at a local farmers market. Soon they began producing new flavours every week, they enlisted the help of their 1920s delivery tricycle Elsie, and began peddling around London serving the thirsty crowds at KERB street food markets. Blown away by the demand for their soda, in 2013 they founded...

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Perfect for Match Day

Perfect for Match Day

05 February 2019

Wimbledon Brewery was started in 1832. Their philosophy is to utilise the best English brewing traditions and brewing ingredients. New to Nectar is their Pitbull Pale Ale. Brewed in collaboration with English Rugby legend Brian Moore, this is a special edition beer which fully deserves to share its name with Brian's nickname - Pitbull - a beer that is...

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Win VIP Tickets to Craft Beer Rising 2019!

Win VIP Tickets to Craft Beer Rising 2019!

04 February 2019

Be in with the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to this year's Craft Beer Rising, February 21-23rd at The Old Truman Brewery, London! All you have to do to be entered into the draw is buy any of Big Hug's beers from their range before Sunday 17th February. Big Hug's Matt and Dan met whilst both...

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producing outstanding gins since 1761

producing outstanding gins since 1761

31 January 2019

Bloom Gin is distilled at the G&J Distillery in the North West of England, where they have been producing gins of outstanding quality since 1761. During its 250-year history, only seven Master Distillers have fulfilled the role which is now carried out by Joanne Moore, one of the world's first female Master Distillers, and internationally revered expert in the...

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malty, full-bodied and bursting with flavour

malty, full-bodied and bursting with flavour

29 January 2019

St Peter's Without is the delicious new brew from St Peter's Brewery in Suffolk. It's malty, full-bodied and bursting with flavour - just as you'd expect from a finely brewed ale. Three years in the making, St Peter's Without is a real, bona-fide choice even for the most ardent beer drinker as it is brewed to the exact same standards as their favourite craft ale, but...

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lightly spiced and perfect

lightly spiced and perfect

Turner Hardy & Co. is the result of 15 years of lively banter fuelled by Eddie Turner and Hugo Hardman's love of proper foods and the perfect Bloody Mary. Having worked in and been supplying the pub, bar and restaurant industry for many (many) years, the two were fed up with the poor quality and often from concentrate tomato juice that was the base...

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Committed to Quality

Committed to Quality

The Five Points Brewing Company is an independent brewery based in Hackney, London, brewing with a commitment to quality and the community since 2013. Their brewery and barrel ageing room is located in the Victorian railway arches beneath Hackney Downs railway station. They champio

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Perfectly Balanced

Perfectly Balanced

24 January 2019

Hunts are a Devon cider maker with a long tradition and heritage, stretching back over 200 years. They use the highest quality Devon cider apples, fermenting fresh bitter-sweet apple juice each Autumn. They have maintained traditional methods whilst embracing modern machinery and processes. Combined with their passion for cider, this allows their skilled craftsmen to make handcrafted, authentic Devon cider with a unique and refreshing...

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Located in the Cotswolds

Located in the Cotswolds

22 January 2019

The Cotswolds is full of rich history, stunning scenery, charming old towns and great hotels and dining. It had everything but a working distillery... that was until Cotswolds Distillery's founder acquired the site. When Dan first found the site, it was in a bit of a state - their team set about restoring the buildings to working order, landscaping the grounds and then creating...

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Winchester Cup - The Final

Winchester Cup - The Final

22 January 2019

We're proud to sponsor the final of Winchester Cocktail Week's Bartender competition, the Winchester Cup! If you would like to enter or be at the live battle-final on Monday 4th February keep on reading... Applications are now open for the Winchester Cup cocktail competition. Organised by the Winchester Cocktail Week team in collaboration with the UK Bartenders' Guild (UKBG),...

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Have a hug with Big Hug!

Have a hug with Big Hug!

21 January 2019

Yes it's a real thing! It all began in The US, where the 21st January is celebrated as National Hug Day - it would be rude for Big Hug Brewing to not get involved. In celebration of that and #TryJanuary, why not try one (or more) of Big Hug's beers with a 10% discount offered all week. Their brand new addition...

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Research and refinement

Research and refinement

15 January 2019

Teetotal drinks are brought to you by The Temperance Spirit Company from Yorkshire and informed by spirit of Carrie Nation - a terrifyingly 6'4" tall leading light of the American temperance movement, known for smashing up taverns with a hatchet. They don't take her seriously, and they quite like her dedication - it matches theirs (without the aggression, of course). New...

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Transforming imperfect fruit into perfect juice

Transforming imperfect fruit into perfect juice

14 January 2019

Flawsome! Drinks, based in Wales, is on a mission to reduce food waste by transforming imperfect fruit into perfect juice. As well as reducing food waste, they also support the farmers growing the produce which would have otherwise been disc

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Start the year well, drink better!

Start the year well, drink better!

11 January 2019

January has rolled around and it's that time of year where we all turn our attentions to new year resolutions. Personally whilst I'm all about the "new year new me" (6th year in row I've decided to run a marathon - marathons completed: 0) I'm also a staunch realist. So, if like me, your record #DryJanuary effort is around the 4th, I have...

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FLAVOUR, EXPERIMENTATION, GOOD TIMES... Laine's Brew Co

FLAVOUR, EXPERIMENTATION, GOOD TIMES... Laine's Brew Co

10 January 2019

Born from the inspirational pub and beer scene of Brighton, Laine Brew Co brews beer imbued with a love of flavour, experimentation and good times. Their beers are unfiltered , unpasteurised and uncompromising - meaning more flavour and more love. Laine Brew Co's hub is its 45 BBL brewery in Adversane, Sussex. It also operates an experimental Brew Lab...

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New this month...Dalston's

New this month...Dalston's

09 January 2019

Kate, our Soft drinks buyer's pick of the month is a range of light sodas from Dalston's. Dalston's was set up in Passing Clouds nightclub in East London by a group of friends in 2012. Soon after, former chef Duncan began blending, mashing and infusing the first drinks completely by hand using ingredients sourced from local markets. New to Nectar this month is Dalston's new Lights...

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New this month...Bath Distillery

New this month...Bath Distillery

07 January 2019

Carlyn, our Spirits buyer's pick of the month is a rich gin from the Bath Distillery. Down a cobbled street in he heart of Bath lies a veritable gin palace - the home of the Bath Distillery. The Bath Gin Company is Bath's first gin distillery for over 250 years, after stills all over the city were effectively stopped by the...

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Will Price, Mugshot

Will Price, Mugshot

13 December 2018

Our Mixologist's Diary is back, and this edition we headed to bustling Brizzle to chat about two of our favourite topics - food and (of course) drink with Will Price from Mugshot as he prepares for the Christmas onslaught. If you've not been to Bristol in the last year you've missed this fantastic independent restaurant and bar with a...

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The taste of something sweeter...

The taste of something sweeter...

10 December 2018

Mariah Carey is back on the radio, mince pies mountains have formed in the bakery aisle and I'm wrestling with whether or not it's acceptable to get my Dad socks - again. It must be the festive season! At this time of year sales of dessert wines always spike as drinkers up and down the land look to indulge in something sweet. Sometimes...

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Behind the scenes... your order's journey

Behind the scenes... your order's journey

10 December 2018

Only two weeks to go until Christmas, and we hope you're having a busy season! Avoid running out of stock, get your orders in and make sure you've got plenty for the couple of day's we're closed for on Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year's day! In the meantime, why not come behind the scenes in this short video...

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Sam's musings on Sparkling Wine - #MDWB

Sam's musings on Sparkling Wine - #MDWB

20 November 2018

Once the preserve of the special occasion more and more UK drinkers are turning to fizz for their tipple of choice - and why not!? Bursting with bubbles and lively flavours they can bring a bit of sparkle to your mid-week, as much as the weekend. This month we'll take a look at some of the different styles available and highlight my personal faves! Prosecco,...

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Meet Sam, our #MDWB

Meet Sam, our #MDWB

20 November 2018

I'm here as your modern-day wine buff or #MDWB for short, to chat simply about wine, a drink I love and can't get enough of! Throughout the year I'll be offering advice on tipples of the moment and what works well with food. Let's break through the jargon that sometimes trips everyone up (even if no one admits it). Whether it's...

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Mixologist Diary - Circo Bar

Mixologist Diary - Circo Bar

12 November 2018

Nestled within the cobbled streets of Bath, is an underground bar that offers a chic blend of the old and new; whilst fun takes centre stage in their mixology ethos. Circo Bar has one of the most extensive back bars, with a stunning array of cocktails on offer, as well as a comprehensive champagne, wine and spirits list, served...

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CAT DUERR, RAOULS BAR

CAT DUERR, RAOULS BAR

With summer beaming at us from all angles, we chatted all things rum with Cat from Raoul's bar and caught up on what they're doing in Oxford, as part of our mixologist's diary. Established in 1979, Raoul's Bar and liquor store is a space for Cat and the team to create. This is where their passion for mixology...

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Gary Whiter, The Cabinet Rooms

Gary Whiter, The Cabinet Rooms

It's common knowledge that the UK is enjoying a gin revival, with an unprecedented array of craft gins launching in the marketplace, since Sipsmiths sparked important changes in the world of distillation back in 2009. Around that time, Gary Whiter was about to embark on a Martini masterclass aboard the Queen Mary 2, while en route to New York. His...

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Callum and Ross, The Hideout

Callum and Ross, The Hideout

World Whisky Day is around the corner, so in honour of the fine spirit we caught up with Callum Rixson and Ross Mullins from The Hideout in Bath to talk all things whisky and find out which of their 160 different styles of the 'water of life' is topping their bar this month! Hidden away in the historical lanes of...

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LLOYD BROWN, THE GREY BEAR BAR CO

LLOYD BROWN, THE GREY BEAR BAR CO

This month we'd like you to meet Lloyd Brown, who heads up the Grey Bear Bar company, a bar consultancy and training company as well as being brand ambassador and distiller for Porters Perfection vodka (he's a busy man!). Having worked with us closely for nearly a decade, and previously run the Venner Bar at The Bull Hotel in Bridport...

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Elliott Skehel, Lab 22

Elliott Skehel, Lab 22

In the heart of Cardiff is Lab 22, a unique venue offering a truly scientific approach to your sense of mixology enjoyment. Sleek and chic yet abundant in character, Lab 22 is the place where real magic happens. A place where elements collide and senses come alive. Lab 22 encourages the extraordinary and encourages the unusual. A creative cocktail bar...

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Hannah Wainright, The Treehouse

Hannah Wainright, The Treehouse

This August we're heading over to Beaconsfield to meet Hannah Wainwright of The Treehouse and Laurie Othen who have 'talked all things tequila' with us. The Treehouse was first established in 2010 and is part of Drinkwell Bars, a small bar group in the Chilterns. The Treehouse specialises in fantastic cocktails, a proportion of which are made with products made...

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